Community English Classes
For speakers of other languages to learn English and skills for living in Christchurch. Each week we break into small classes to learn basic English and about kiwi customs. We also undertake activities like visiting a kiwi home, or places of interest in Christchurch.
Classes meet in school term time. Because of Covid-19 Level Two rules, English classes at St. Mark’s, Avonhead, remain closed. We will restart classes on 12th October, the start of the school term four. We look forward to seeing you all then.
Mondays 9:45am to 11:45am
Church office, Ph 358 5443
Cost: $3 per session, includes morning tea
Footcare Clinic for Seniors
Every six weeks, on a Wednesday afternoon, we hold a clinic for seniors who are having difficulty caring for their feet. Toenails are clipped, foot massage given, and a gentle listening ear provides support. A $10 donation is requested.
Contact: Sandra, Ph 358 8911
We manage a small foodbank which is distributed by a sister church in Aranui. Donations of food can be left in the baskets outside the church office. They are collected monthly by the Faith Family Fellowship Aranui.
Petersgate Counselling Centre
Alongside five other churches in northwest Christchurch we support a professional counselling service called Petersgate.
About 20 counsellors offer professional support especially to those who cannot afford counselling at normal commercial rates. Further, about 20 office volunteers welcome clients and help with administrative tasks. These volunteers are mostly from the supporting parishes.
“We respect and look after the needs of everyone regardless of creed, culture or socio-economic background.”
Contact Petersgate: Ph 343 3391 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Location of Petersgate: 29 Yaldhurst Road, near Church Corner.
There is also a group of individual supporters called the “Friends of Petersgate” who donate regularly. If you would like to join them or become a volunteer, contact Petersgate via the above phone or email. There is at least an annual appeal / communication with the Friends and sometimes Petersgate has functions for Friends. Brochures about the Friends scheme are available in the St Mark’s church foyer.